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A couple from Sweden, Roland and Marie Nilsson d’Aubigné, spent four years searching for the perfect chateau. In the early 90’s they found their dream, the Château du Grand Val. A property with fantastic opportunities, charming with an exciting history. After years working on the chateau, outbuildings and chapel, the Château du Grand Val can now accommodate over thirty guests. Stand-out personal service, makes the chateau a popular destination for holidaymakers, wedding parties, special occasions and conference guests from around the world.

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FROM DREAM TO REALITY. Two Swedish families were driving around France on holiday in the 1980s. They loved everything the countryside had to offer – food, drink, and culture. On one of the trips, they suddenly decided to buy a chateau and after years of searching they found Château du Grand Val in Brittany. A “bargain” that would fundamentally change their lives. Here we get to follow their inspirational journey on how with love, inspiration, and a lot of sheer determination, they turned their dream into reality.

The cradle of Romanticism – “Le Berceau du romantisme”

The feeling that washed over us when we first met Grand Val was the calm and harmony that radiated here. You could almost touch it. We have preserved and built on this feeling over the years. All our guests feel it and are attracted to it and it makes them come back and experience it again. Wild, beautiful and exciting, just how the French Romanticists wanted us to experience nature. This is also what we want our guests to feel and take with them.

Quote from a guest: “When you go through the gates of Grand Val, your shoulders relaxing into your body.”

Take a walk on our trails

The forests around Combourg were the main source of inspiration of author Francois-René de Chateaubriand’s main source of inspiration, the father of French Romanticism.

“It was in the forests around Combourg that made me who I am, where I began to feel the first sense of sadness that followed me through life and that was my torment and my happiness.”

Our collaboration with SLU Alnarp and Gunnebo Castle means that we can now offer all our guests a chance to walk in Chateaubrian’s footsteps. Take a walk in our chestnut forest and follow the trails alongside our ponds, springs and waterfalls.

The wings of history

The Château du Grand Val dates back to mediaeval times, but its first known owner was G. Du Val in 1429. The property changed ownership a number of times, and at the end of the 18th century became the property of Count Jean Pinot du Petit-bois. The chateau remained in this family’s possession until well into the 20thcentury. Over the centuries Grand Val has experienced decades of peace and prosperity but also a revolution and a number of brutal wars. During WW2, for example, the Nazis commandeered the chateau. 

Its high vantage point made it an excellent location for aerial reconnaissance. The Germans chopped down a number of the old trees in the park to improve their lines of sight and the wooden floor of the old chapel was ripped up to make bunk-beds. Of course, the officers moved into the chateau after the owners were evicted.

The Château du Grand Val, or just Grand Val as the locals call it, is a manor house outside jurisdiction. After belonging to the du Val family until the mid-16th century it then changed hands a few times: it was owned by Antoine Morin sieur du Planty in 1714 and in 1760 was owned by Catherine Morin, wife of François Marc de la Chesnardière, lawyer at the Parliamentary Palace and later Chancellor of Justice and Estate Commissioner. Monsieur Chesnardière bought the neighbouring land, Vauluisant, in 1768, property that Chesnardière’s daughter later bequeathed to her husband Jean Pinot du Petit-bois. At the end of the 18th century, the Château du Grand Val also became part of Pinot du Petit-bois’ estates and remained so until the beginning of the 20th century.

Grand Val is wonderfully located. To the south it is sheltered by a valley and to the north by the Combourg district. The chateau consists of two buildings, one from the 18th century and one from the 19th century. The oldest part, facing south, can probably be attributed to the first Pinot du Petit-bois or his father-in-law, François Marc de la Chesnardière, which is a simple 18th century building in architectural terms. This has seven yokes, divided by slender pillars, which hold up the arched roof. The first four yokes still have signs of an older foundation. The impressive fireplace from the end of the 15th century bears witness to the large hall of the original manor house. Original features like simple panelling remain, plus paintings by a member of the Pinot du Petit-bois family, decorating the mirrors above the fireplace. At the start of the 19th century a new annex was built to the north of the older building. This construction was thanks to Charles Agaton Pinot du Petit-bois and his wife Sophie Patard de la Vieuville. Their coat of arms, visible on the upper part of the fireplace, shows that they were married in 1855. The new building consists of two pavilions, joined by a smaller sunken section. On the west of the building is a small tower. The inside has been filled with a magnificent banqueting hall and vestibule with outstanding views. 

According to the book, ‘Guillotin de Corson’, it was Antoine Morin who dedicated the chateau’s chapel to Saint Antoine in 1714. Older parts of the chapel can be dated before this, but it may well have been reconstructed around the time the 19th century part of the chateau was built. In the eastern part of the valley, larders and sheds were built with dogs’ heads decorating above the doors, something that suggests the buildings’ original purpose was as kennels. Their architecture differs from the 19th century part but could have been built at the same time.

Behind the kennels can be seen the enclosed kitchen garden where there are traces of a well-preserved greenhouse with the monogram, VP. At the edge of the wood towards the east is a small, square pavilion crowned with a decorative tower. The chateau has a formal park. A green area that fits in well with the contours of the valley, its old trees and steep slopes of the north where a winding path was created to emerge by the entrance of the new chateau.

This stylized image, which looks like a skinned ermine, is the Breton symbol of courage, high rank and dignity. This appears in many contexts, including in Brittany’s flag and as a mosaic on the hall floor of Château du Grand Val.

The mosaic floor in the entrance of the chateau was designed and set by the famous Isidore Odorico.

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Vårt koncept

Välj själv vad du vill uppleva och vad äventyret får lov att kosta. Hyr hela slottet eller någon av de vackra slottsbyggnaderna i parken. Rå om er själva helt på egen hand eller beställ till det ni vill – egen kock med personal en dag eller flera, frukost, provning av viner, calvados, ostar, utflykter, golf eller något annat.

Ni sköter er helt själva
Hyr en eller flera byggnader och sköt er helt själva. Ni kockar på egen hand och kan även ta med egna lakan om ni vill.

Ni önskar lite hjälp och service
Hyr slotter eller flera byggnader. Vi ser till att det är bäddat och finns handdukar och blommor på rummen med mera när ni kommer. Om så önskas serveras det frukost eller brunch på morgonen och vi arrangerar en eller flera middagar i den vackra matsalen. (Gäller om ni är fler än åtta personer)

Egen stjärnkock och värdinna
Hyr slottet eller flera byggnader inklusive full service. Ni har en egen fransk eller svensk mästerkock och en värdinna som sköter frukost, lunch och middagar utefter önskemål. Välj till upplevelser som vin- och ostprovning, calvadosprovning, sightseeing, teambuilding med matlagning och allt annat ni önskar. Vi kommer gärna med förslag. Ni lutar er tillbaka och njuter av upplevelsen.

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+46 (0)705-53 26 20   /  +33(0)6 43 36 64 75  / 

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35 270 Combourg
Bretagne, France
+46 (0)705-53 26 20  
+33(0)6 43 36 64 75
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